Monthly Archives: December 2012

The year in review: Orchestra lockout, controversy fail to stop flow of beautiful music [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 29 Dec 2012, ArtsATL

John Adams'

John Adams’ “A Flowering Tree” as performed by the ASO and ASO Chorus. (Photo by J.D. Scott)

For classical music in Atlanta, 2012 was dominated more by offstage events than by performances, but among the latter there was close competition for the year’s “Top Five”: … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Review: Kaleidoscope brings light, lively evening of chamber music to Eddie’s Attic [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 20 Dec 2012, ArtsATL

Eddie's Attic began a successful chamber music series this year. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

Eddie’s Attic began a successful chamber music series this year. (Photo by Mark Gresham)

Eddie’s Attic hosted another of its classical music concerts on Tuesday, performed by flutist Jessica Sherwood, violinist Helen Hwaya Kim, cellist Charae Krueger and violist William Johnston … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Review: New-music Chamber Cartel celebrates first year with “The Party” at {Poem88} [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 17 Dec 2012, ArtsATL

Chamber Cartel performs

Chamber Cartel performs “Fisticuffs.” (Photo by Mark Gresham)

Atlanta’s Chamber Cartel presented its 12th and final concert of 2012 on Friday evening in the {Poem88} gallery space in the White Provision District, where 14th Street abruptly ends at Howell Mill Road in front the refurbished 1910 Chicago-style industrial gothic building that anchors and lends the district its name. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Orchestra, chorus deliver with rousing performance of Handel’s “Messiah” [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 15 Dec 2012, ArtsATL

Norman MacKenzie conducted the ASO performance of Handel's

Norman MacKenzie conducted the ASO performance of Handel’s “Messiah.” (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

On Thursday evening in Symphony Hall, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus performed the “Gloria” from J.S. Bach’s Mass in B minor and the Christmas portion of G.F. Handel’s oratorio “Messiah.” … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

Preview: Pianist Tim Whitehead talks Van Cliburn, Sonic Generator and his solo recital [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 14 Dec 2012, ArtsATL

Tim Whitehead of Sonic Generator was inspired by Van Cliburn. (Photo by Amber Boardman)

Tim Whitehead of Sonic Generator was inspired by Van Cliburn. (Photo by Amber Boardman)

Tim Whitehead was eight years old when he was told he would take piano lessons. His response was, “Nah, I wanna play football.” But his parents insisted that he take the lessons for at least a year and said that, if he hated it after that, he could quit. He was hooked before the first lesson was over. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Robert Shaw’s grand legacy lives on in another spirited “Christmas With the ASO” [ArtsATL]

by Mark Gresham | 8 Dec 2012, ArtsATL

The ASO's Norman MacKenzie acted as the primary conductor. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

The ASO’s Norman MacKenzie acted as the primary conductor. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

The Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus, along with the Morehouse Glee Club and the Gwinnett Young Singers, performed the first of its “Christmas With the ASO” concerts on Thursday in Symphony Hall. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL

ASO review: Spano and orchestra join with pianist Emanuel Ax for a “must hear” night to remember [AersATL]

by Mark Gresham | 1 Dec 2012, ArtsATL

or early arrivals, the ASO played to an audience seated in the orchestra's chairs. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

or early arrivals, the ASO played to an audience seated in the orchestra’s chairs. (Photo by Jeff Roffman)

On Thursday, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra opened its last set of regular subscription concerts before December’s mad rush of holiday specials takes over its schedule. The concert featured the music of Jean Sibelius and Johannes Brahms, led by Music Director Robert Spano with pianist Emanuel Ax as guest soloist. … • READ MORE on ArtsATL